Polk County Sheriff’s Office Press Release
Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide deputies investigating fatal crash in Polk City
On Saturday, October 21, 2017, around 2:57 p.m., the PCSO Traffic Homicide Unit responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a 2014 gray Dodge Ram pick-up truck on SR 33 (Commonwealth Ave) near Knowles Road, in Polk City.
Preliminary investigation suggests:
Evidence at the scene and witness interviews indicate that the pick-up truck was traveling southbound on SR 33 and drifted over the centerline. The driver, 70-year-old Ronald Burleson of Polk City, jerked the wheel to the right and drove off the right (west) side of the road. The truck went down the shoulder into the swampy wood line bordering the road, glanced off one tree, and struck another. The truck rolled over and came to final rest on its roof against a third tree.
68-year-old Camille Burleson of Polk City, the front seat passenger, was deceased on scene. Ronald was flown to LRHMC by helicopter.
Both occupants were seat belted and the front and side curtain airbags all deployed.
The investigation is ongoing.